Saturday TV: Considering the Shapes

favoriteShapesJulio Torres is from El Salvador, but he might as well be from space in the way he dresses (a silver jumpsuit) and the way he looks at things. One of the cast of “Los Espookys,” he steps out now in his own unusual standup comedy special “My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.), in which he uses shapes, and gems and toys that come to him on conveyor belt to aid his absurdist humor. A discovery of Fred Armisen, he shares the same absurdist approach.

It follows the premium cable debut of Jason Mamoa as “Aquaman” (HBO, 8 p.m.).

A timely rerun of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (OWN, 8 p.m.) has her conversation with Toni Morrison, the celebrated writer who died Monday at 88.

Also timely: “Global Lessons on Guns: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special” (CNN, 10 p.m.) — unless its pre-empted by another mass shooting.

In the made for TV romance “A Taste of Summer” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.), Roselyn Sanchez plays a restauranteur in Boston who is in competition with a former Red Sox running his own joint nearby. He’s played by Sanchez’ real life husband Eric Winter.

Third in the creepy family series presented this summer is “V.C. Andrews ‘ Fallen Hearts” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), directed by one of its stars, Jason Priestly.

“Black Love” (OWN, 9 p.m.) begins its third season with the love stories of Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict and Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin.

Fascination in this case hasn’t waned much in half a century, so here’s a two hour “Manson: The Women” (Oxygen, 7 p.m.), describing how he attracted the women to his cause. It plays opposite “Charles Manson: The Funeral” (Reelz, 7 p.m.) and “Truth & Lies: The Family Manson” (Reelz, 9 p.m.).

Still celebrating a cheerier 50th anniversary: “Apollo’s Moon Shot” (Smithsonian, 8 p.m.) and “Apollo’s Moon Shot: Brink of Disaster” (Smithsonian, 9 p.m.)

The 10-part “The Zoo: San Diego” (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.) looks at conservation efforts at the famed tourist spot.

An Italian BBQ joint is aided in West Virginia on “Restaurant: Impossible” (Food, 9 p.m.), then Robert Irvine revisits a San Diego place he helped in 2011 at 10 p.m.

“Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports 2019” (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.) is their sports-only version of their kids’ choice celebrations, filmed back in July. Michael Strahan hosts and among the honorees are Dwyane Wade and Megan Rapine.

A family not invited to the wedding nonetheless help choose the gown on “Say Yes to the Dress” (TLC, 9 p.m.).

“The Vanilla Ice Project” (DIY, 9 p.m.) tackles the master bedroom.

A lethargic dog may have eaten his mom’s shorts on “The Vet Life” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.).

The coral reefs are part of island life on “Wild Singapore” (BBC America, 9 p.m.).

It’s Rita Moreno all day on Turner Classic Movies with “The Toast of New Orleans” (6 a.m.), “Singin’ in the Rain” (8 a.m.) (she was Zelda Znders, Lina’s friend); “Latin Lovers” (10 a.m.), “Fort Vengeance” (noon), “Sven Cities of Gold” (1:45 p.m.), “The Lieutenant Wore Skirts” (3:45 p.m.), “Summer and Smoke” (5:45 p.m.), “Popi” (8 p.m.), “West Side Story” (10 p.m.), “The Ritz” (12:45 a.m.), “Marlowe” (2:30 a.m.) and “Carnal Knowledge” (4:15 a.m.) (she plays Jack Nicholson’s hooker).

Baseball includes Philadelphia at San Francisco (Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.), Colorado at San Diego (Fox Sports 1, 8:30 p.m.) and Tampa Bay at Seattle (MLB, 10 p.m.).

Preseason football has Dallas at San Francisco (NFL, 9 p.m.).

In the WNBA, it’s Atlanta at Indiana (CBS Sports).

Golf has the semifinals in the U.S. Women’s Amateur (Fox Sports 1, 9:30 a.m.) and third round play in the Northern Trust (Golf, 1 p.m.; CBS, 3 p.m.).

Tennis has the men’s semifinal in the Rogers Cup (ESPN2, 3 and 8 p.m.); earlier are the singles and doubles semifinals (Tennis Channel,  noon and 6 p.m.).

It’s Day 3 of the U.S. gymnastics championships (NBC Sports, 7:30 p.m.) and Day 19 in the Pan American Games (ESPNU, 10 a.m.).

Little League regional finals have Minnesota vs. Iowa (ESPN, 11 a.m.), Rhode Island vs. New Hampshire (ESPN, 1 p.m.), Oregon vs. Idaho (3 p.m.), Kentucky vs. Illinois (EPN, 5 p.m.), New York vs. New Jersey (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and Hawaii vs. Arizona (ESPN, 9 p.m.).

Auto racing has the Corrigan Oil 200 (Fox Sports 1, 1 p.m.) and the B&L Transport 170 (NBC Sports, 3 p.m.).

Run the Jewels play an “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m.) from last year.

The 2018 episode of “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) with Stave Carell and Ella Mai is rerun.

 

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